"The people of France are very joyful on being liberated from German control. When we go through towns flowers are tossed on the jeep. Bottles are brought out from hiding and everyone is happy. Little kids and old men want to shake hands. Cigaretts are in demand about the only English we hear is from children who say ‘Cigarette for Paw Paw.’
"Foot soldiers have quite a time. I saw a beautiful girl push her way into the colum and plant a juicy kiss on a pleased G.I.'s cheek. He's been in a dazed condition since."
-- Letter from Dale Sooter, France, to my father, Notre Dame, Ind., August 24, 1944. Allied forces landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Dale was my father's cousin. This letter was written one day before Paris was liberated by allied forces, aided by Resistance fighters who had already begun an uprising. The French Free forces of General Philippe Leclerc were the first to enter the city.